Nathan HamSports Writernham@jeffersonpost.com
November 5, 2012
Ashe won a thrilling first round playoff game over Central Davidson, but saw its season come to an end in the second round to Trinity.
In the first round game, Ashe fell behind in the third minute of play. The Huskies tied the score at 1-1 on a goal from Cesar Ruiz in the 26th minute.
Just one minute later, keeper Braxton Treadway made a terrific save when he made a last second stop with his foot to keep Central Davidson from taking the lead.
Late in the first half, Central did move in front 2-1 on a penalty kick goal after a handball was called inside the scoring box. The Spartans held a 2-1 lead at halftime.
The Huskies opened the final 40 minutes with a quick scoring attempt from Ruiz, but his shot was stopped by the Spartan keeper.
In the 69th minute, Jamie Weaver had a great scoring chance, but saw his shot rifle off the post and out of bounds.
Finally, Ashe found the tying goal in the 71st minute when Frank Ledezma rolled one by the keeper for the goal.
The Huskies did not have any plans of settling for an overtime period. With two minutes left to play, Ruiz fired a shot by the keeper for the game-winning goal to move on to the second round.
On Saturday, Trinity made the trip up the mountain to face the Huskies.
Ashe controlled possession for much of the first half, but had no goals to show for it.
On the other end of the field, the Bulldogs had few scoring chances, but made the most of them. The team had just three shots on goal, but scored on two of them. The first goal came in the 26th minute, followed by another one just a minute later to shock the Ashe faithful.
Trailing 2-0, Ashe had two great shots on goal in the second half from Ruiz, but saw the Bulldog goalie stop both of them in the 59th and 60th minutes.
In the 66th minute, Ledezma fired a shot that was stopped by a diving save. Miguel Ramos was robbed on another shot minutes later.
The Bulldogs put the game away with a goal in the 78th minute to take a 3-0 lead.
Ruiz got the Huskies on the board in the 80th minute with a goal to avoid the shutout. Trinity advanced to the third round with the 3-1 win.
The Huskies will return its top three scorers next year, Ledezma, Ruiz and Ramos, but will have to replace starting fullbacks William Miller and Cole Price, midfielders Sam Bowers and Lucas Zeller, and goalkeeper Braxton Treadway.